RIP Harold Pinter: 1930-2008
Miss Eartha Kitt.
(OK, weird karaokegal note, that has nothing to do with Miss Kitt. When I was growing up, my parents had a bunch of Alan Sherman albums and the way I first knew this song was from his parody "I See Bones," which included the deathless line, "I see things in your parameceum. That belong in the British Museum." Probably also the first time I'd ever heard of the British Museum, as well.)
'Sopranos' actor 'Johnny Cakes' dead in suicide
Former firefighter John Costelloe joined HBO cast in 2006
NEW YORK - The actor who portrayed the gay lover of a closeted mobster on "The Sopranos" has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in New York, police said.
Police spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said John Costelloe was found dead in an apparent suicide at his Brooklyn home on Dec. 18.
Police were called to his residence after family members were unable to reach him.
The 47-year-old former New York City firefighter gained fame in 2006 when he was cast as short-order cook Jim "Johnny Cakes" Witowski opposite Joseph Gannascoli, who played gay mobster Vito Spatafore on the hit HBO show.
Costelloe was performing as a hustler in a theater production of "Gang of Seven" at the time of his death.
(I never finished watching the 6th season of the Sopranos on DVD mostly because I knew what was going to happen to Vito and I didn't feel like I could go through watching it.)